Banded Huntsman Spider
Location: Hawkesbury Region, Sydney, Australia
November 28, 2011 3:12 pm
I live a little outside of Sydney in a rural area (quite dense bushland) and get quite a few of these Banded Huntsman Spiders (please correct me if I’m wrong). This one was quite large as you can see in the photos. They are quite timid, which is great for taking photos, and their markings are stunning. Thought you’d like the photos as I haven’t seen one like this on your site as yet.
It seems that Banded Huntsman Spider is the correct common name for this spider, and an aptly chosen common name, however, we have encountered two different possible scientific names. FlickR has a beautiful photograph identified as Isopeda insignis, though we would not trust FlickR for scientific accuracy. Another website dedicated to Australian Huntsman Spiders has the species identified as Holconia insignis and states: “This spider is also known as the banded huntsman spider. The male is 25-30 mm and the female 32-40 mm large. This species is one of the largest in its genus in Australia.” The photo with the hand for scale does indicate the size nicely. Thanks for sending your photos.